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4/8/2021

Hilton has shared its plan to hit 25% racial diversity in leadership positions by 2027, with initiatives that include having 50% of interview candidates for any given open position coming from diverse backgrounds. "Our vision is to have fully inclusive and diverse teams," said Chief Human Resource and Executive Vice President Officer Laura Fuentes. "It's not like we want to get to 25% [ethnic diversity in leadership] and stop there."

4/7/2021

Sheila Johnson, the first Black woman to become a billionaire in the US, has built her career on encouraging the hiring of Black people in hospitality (as owner of Salamander Hotels & Resorts), entertainment (as co-founder of the BET Network) and sports (as part-owner of three Washington, D.C., pro sports franchises). Lifting up others is in her DNA, she says, noting that "[t]here are a lot of billionaires, multi-billionaires, trillionaires, but it's what they do with their lives and how they give back to the community [that matters]."

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4/7/2021

US hotel and room openings in the first quarter of this year were the most numerous in the world, but construction volume persisted in declining against pre-pandemic levels, STR reports. The US opened 220 properties with 26,057 rooms in the three months, while Japan, Australia and the UK each added only around 2,000 rooms.

4/7/2021

Employees and guests who were abruptly ousted with the sale of the Champion's World Resort in Kissimmee, Fla., have found a rescuer in the CEO of a seven-hotel Orlando chain. Jan Guatam, CEO of Interessant Hotels Group, is offering free stays for displaced guests with nowhere to go and is working with the Asian American Hotel Owner's Association to find jobs for the laid-off workers.

4/7/2021

Hawaii legislators are considering a bill that would permit the issuance of up to $50 million in revenue bonds to help build a hotel at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport. The measure, which designates the venture as a project of public interest, has won approval from a Senate committee.

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4/7/2021

Skin Boss Med Spa in Haslett, Mich., highlights treatment options and products available for those managing rosacea. April is Rosacea Awareness Month in the US.

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4/7/2021

The spa-and-afternoon-tea event at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore "will do wonders for your overall well being," writes reviewer Crystal Lee. The Fullerton Spa by luxury brand ESPA has a full menu of services to offer, including the 90-minute Asian Heritage Signature treatment.

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Prestige (Singapore)
4/7/2021

A new Charles Penzone salon and spa project will soon break ground in Columbus, Ohio, at a new location. The facility is patterned after a 14,000-squre-foot location in Dublin, Ohio.

4/7/2021

"Money piece" highlights are the trending hair look for spring. A throwback to the chunky highlights of the 90s, this look features face-framing to achieve a bold look.

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4/7/2021

XpresSpa hopes to build on the success of its 11 COVID-19 testing locations at nine airports by pivoting even further to personalized travel health care, possibly venturing into other health testing and wellness services such as meditation or yoga. The company ventured into testing when its traditional airport pampering business was shut down by the pandemic.

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